The Allianz Hurling League for 2019 was launched in Dublin yesterday.

This is the 27th year of Allianz’ sponsorship and the tournament will be broadcast across three TV networks this year for the first time with eir Sport, RTÉ and TG4 all showing key games throughout the two months of competition.

Defending Allianz Hurling League Division 1 champions Kilkenny have a special incentive to win this year’s competition, where another success would see them join Tipperary at the top of the honours’ list.

Half of Kilkenny’s honours have been won since 2002, including a treble in 2012-13-14 and doubles in 2002-03 and 2005-06.

Brian Cody’s men begin their title defence at home to Cork, who were last crowned Allianz Hurling League champions over 20 years ago in 1998.

On Thursday morning we will carry an exclusive interview with Damien O’Neill of Allianz on the continued importance of the partnership between Allianz and the GAA.

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